Dawn Winchester


What beautiful weather we are having! It is so nice to have the sun shining again! With the great weather, lots of people are out doing yard work. For those that need to do any open burning (burning of grass, debris, fields, or brush), remember to obtain a burn permit from your local Fire Warden. Here in Meddybemps, you can contact Ike Winchester at 454-2803 or Bob Gordon at 454-3216. Please remember to watch weather conditions (even with the rain we had, conditions are still dry) and especially the wind, when burning. The Maine Forest Service posts current wildfire danger condtions on their website .

A few of our local friends have been feeling a little under the weather and we are hoping they will be feeling better soon - Donna Little, Janice Frost, Ed Southard, and Gert Johnson. We are also thinking of Debbie Dow who lost her mother last week. Our thoughts are with her during this very difficult time.

Sue Oulette was recently home visiting with family and friends. Her dad, Ed Ketchen and sister Sally Ketchen, especially enjoyed spending time with her, and everyone in town looks forward to her next visit.

Sunday School resumed this past Sunday. All local children are welcome and encouraged to attend at 8:45 at the Meddybemps Church. Church service follows at 9:30 with Pastor Joe McAdams, and everyone is welcome to attend. Next Sunday, May 5th, women’s Bible Study follows the service at 10:30 under the direction of Sandy Lyon. The Meddybemps Church is having a pot luck luncheon for Helen Brooks next Sunday at one o’clock as well. Helen has retired as the organist after eighteen faithful years. We certainly miss her, but she is staying busy with her large family.

Turkey hunting season began this week. There are lots of turkeys in our area now, so there should be lots of happy hunters! Ike Winchester tagged his twenty pound tom first thing Monday morning.

The Meddybemps Community Center Committee had their first meeting of the year. The members approved having the building spring cleaned, having the floors done, and they have started planning the public suppers - the first supper will possibly be held the end of May. We have a beautiful Community Center, and if you would like to be involved with the activities held there, contact Linda Gordon at 454-3216. New committee members are always welcome!

The selectmen remind everyone that they meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Community Center at 5:30.

On Sunday, several members of the Meddybemps Volunteer Fire Department attended a mutual training class in Charlotte. Cooper Volunteer Fire Department’s Chief Trevor Flood and Assistant Chief Ron Flood along with a member of the Pleasant Point Fire Department also attended the class on Vehicle Safety and Inspection. The class was very good, and everyone had the opportunity to inspect all the vehicles. Weight Watchers representative Christa Vining also gave a presentation to everyone about a great opportunity for first responders - for two weeks beginning May 19th, first responders are able to join Weight Watchers for free! More information will be coming soon.

Ann Small and her daughter Whitney Basset just returned home from a five day cruise to Jamaica and the Caymen Islands. They were joined by Whitney’s best friend, Mikayla Hamilton and her family. Before leaving on the cruise, they all toured Millionaire Road in Miami where they viewed many of the star’s mansions, including Liz Taylor’s and Vanilla Ice’s. They also enjoyed South Beach in Miami, and they visited beautiful Key West. While in Jamaica they loved zip lining through the Rain Forest and in the Caymen Islands they were amazed by the sea life while snorkeling and swimming with the sting rays. The weather was perfect in the high 80’s, and one day it reached 102! What a great early graduation present for Whitney!

Shelby Basset is getting ready to head off to Idaho where she will complete her co-op for her power engineering technology degree from Maine Maritime. We wish her all the best this summer!

If you would like to include any news (celebrations, visitors, etc.) please give me a call at 454-2803 or email me . This column is about our community, and I would love to have everyone’s input. Have a great week!